We are pleased to confirm that most existing sheds in Suffolk are now open again, and several more are in various stages of development. Despite the easing of restrictions, it is still recommended that Sheds continue to observe social distancing and the wearing of face coverings as far as is possible.
What’s a Men’s Shed?
Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun! Sheds often play a significant role in their locality, not only providing activities and companionship for their members but also designing, constructing and repairing items for the wider community and individuals within it. Suffolk currently has 10 Sheds already in operation across the county, with another 5 in development and several others being discussed. It is our aim to have a local Shed operating within reach of every man in Norfolk who would like to get involved!
Who can join a Men’s Shed?
Sheds are open to those aged 18 or over. It makes sense to join your nearest one, but if you’d rather join a different one for your own reasons, that is usually fine. Each shed is independent, so will have a slightly different joining procedure, but it will normally involve completing an application form, undertaking an induction and potentially paying a small subscription (at the discretion of the individual shed) although sheds do not prohibit anyone who cannot afford to do so.
What’s the Suffolk Sheds Network?
The Suffolk Sheds Network aims to support and develop Men’s Sheds across the county, bring them together to learn, share experience and support each other, and to be a voice for Sheds and ‘Shedders’ both within and beyond Suffolk. We are keen to help anyone interested to find out about ‘Shedding’ in the county and link those who would like to get involved with their nearest Shed.
The Network runs county events to bring representatives of local Sheds together and is also planning to provide training and networking opportunities at a district or local level. We also encourage greater communication and collaboration between the Sheds.
Want to find out more about Men’s Sheds?
If you want to join a Shed or are considering starting a Shed yourself, please get in touch with us and we can answer your queries. If your query is about Men’s Sheds in general, then why not have a look at the UK Men’s Shed Association’s FAQ page (https://menssheds.org.uk/about/what-is-a-mens-shed/mens-sheds-faq/).
Jonny Wood, Community Development Officer – Men’s Sheds
Carl Fisher, Community Development Officer – Men’s Sheds